Also along the Gold Belt Tour is Shelf Road, originally used as a stagecoach road that delivered goods back and forth from Cripple Creek and Cañon City. Now, it’s widely known as an ideal spot for sport climbing in Colorado.
Unlike Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road, High Park Road doesn’t run through a canyon and is paved. It was the first route that connected the gold mines with the Arkansas Valley. As you drive along this byway, you'll cattle ranches and the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Teller County Road 1 was the first stagecoach route to Cripple Creek. This road heads south from Highway 24 and is near the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
The Gold Belt Scenic Byway offers breathtaking scenery that you won't find anywhere else, so don't forget your camera!